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Blame it on the Bet

(Whiskey Sisters #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  47 reviews

Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie tin.

When her family's pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O'Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of the hands of the L.A. real-estate developer trying to

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Published September 11th 2017 by Entangled: Bliss
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Claire Robinson
5 - "Wow… Just Wow." Stars!

We travel to Mayhem, Minnesota and get to know the Whiskey Sisters and believe me when I tell you they and the town they come from are unlike any family or place I have read about before, and in such a happy and positive way.

"This is something special you have here…"

Two books, and two novellas make up the sum of this series so far, and I devoured each and every one of them, it’s not often I find an author that can make me laugh, cry and fall in love with a group of
Rating 4.5/5 *
This is a thoroughly enjoyable contemporary romance packed with turmoil and humour, making it a great read to escape into. Following the death of their father, the O’Halloran sisters discover that their father had taken out a huge loan to keep the family’s Irish Pub running and to fund their education and treats. The young women, all named after alcoholic beverages, are determined to pay back the loan and keep the pub as a family run establishment.

The story is told from alternative
3.5 stars

After their father died, Hennessy O’Halloran and his three sisters are determined to raise enough money to save their family pub from the hand of Bryan Truitt, a real estate developer from Los Angeles whose plan is to build a theater to replace the pub. Bryan comes to Mayhem in order to smooth the deal. Hennessy and Bryan end up entangled in a bet: Bryan will stay in Mayhem until Hennessy raise the money to buy out the loan or until the day before the loan comes due. If Bryan leaves
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Rico has done it again! I don't know how she does it, but she sucks me right into the story and doesn't let go. I loved this freaking story. I bit of a different twist for her, but I have to tell you the story shines right off the pages.

Welcome to Mayhem Minnesota, home to O'Hallorans Pub, A Little Slice of Heaven, Basilica of St Mary of the Assumption and home to Father Romance and Knitty Kitty.

First of all, the sisters O'Halloran, aka the Whiskey sisters. Right, Hennessy who is an
Blame It on the Bet wasn't what I expected, and I think that is why it took me a bit of time to get into the book. The story its self is really good and the book sets-up a town, which is loveable. This is a standalone novel. However, is the first in the series about The Whiskey sisters.

Hennessy O’Halloran moved away from home to pursue her career. Unfortunately, her father has just died, and she has returned to her home town to help her family. Her father wanted to give his daughters everything
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Confession time: I was originally drawn to L.E. Rico's Blame it on the Bet because of the cover. It gives that Christmasy, snowy feel without actually witnessing - and more importantly, feeling - the coldness first hand.

The result? Blame it on the Bet was fantastic. Mixing together four dauntless sisters, a memorable small town setting, and most importantly a romance that made my heart SWOON, Blame it on the Beat made my bookish heart so incredibly happy.

Mayhem, Minnesota has quickly shot up
Suze Lavender
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hennessy and her sisters have been raised at their family's pub in Mayhem, Minnesota. After their father's death they discover he had money problems and if they can't find money fast they're going to lose the pub. Hennessy's father was already selling it to Bryan, a real-estate developer, who's interested in the premises and wants to build a multiplex theater. Bryan thought buying the pub would be simple, but when he discovers he now has to deal with Hennessy and her sisters instead of their ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is book one of the Whiskey Sisters series and it completely stands alone – it *does not* end on a cliffhanger. There is some very mild cursing (no f-bombs), and any sex that happens is off-screen so if those things bother you, you do not have to worry about them with this story.

This was my first book by this author and I was incredibly impressed. L.E. Rico has a really smooth and easy to follow writing style that is infused with the kind of hilarity that I very much enjoy in a book.
Erin Kelly
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This "Bliss" book is set in an adorable Irish pub in Minnesota setting with "whiskey sisters" named after various brands of whiskey. This is Hennessy's story, and it is like a not-cheesy Hallmark movie. Having previously read and enjoyed Rico's hot contemporary, "Solo", I was looking forward to this one, especially since I spent 5 years of my life in North Dakota. It didn't disappoint; Rico got the vibe of small-town almost-Canada perfectly from hotdishes to the lethal ice on the sidewalks.

Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Note: A review galley was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

As opposed to Lauren's previous novels this one is a light romance. It is funny, full of charme and easy to read.

I was in such a reading slump when I picked this up but it instantly got me out of it. I loved getting both perspectives. The character developement in this novel came mostly through the present and not through dealing with the characters past. These two developed through their interacting with each
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ahhh the love of small towns. The book opens with a shrewish sister and a total mess of a real estate aficionado. Good old dad died leaving the family pub in some precarious hoops. Nice book.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
God help me. I’ve found a new author. L.E. Rico has made me laugh. She’s made me cry. She’s made my heart swell. I will never understand how I missed reading her before now.

In Blame it on the Bet, the four O’Halloran sisters are still reeling from the sudden death of their father. They are shocked to discover their parent’s life’s work, O’Halloran’s Pub, is schedule to be foreclosed on within a matter of months. They are also shocked to discover that their father was contemplating selling the
Bette Hansen
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's full of charm, family, and small town goodness. The Whiskey sisters are all fantastic and I can't wait for the other's stories. Hennessy and Bryan are so cute together and the author did a great job with their story.

After the death of their father the O'Halloran sisters are struggling to keep the family pub open and running. They have enough to deal with without some developer trying to get his hands on their property. Yet that's exactly what Bryan Truitt, Mr.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)

This is a really fun story with some very interesting messages woven into the action. I loved Hennessy and her sisters. All are named after different types of alcohols since their Father and Mother owned a pub in a small town. They get a very unpleasant surprise when he dies and have to band together if they want the pub to survive. The story is told in first person alternating between the two main characters keeping the action going from two different views. All in all a interesting and fun
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love almost immediately with Blame It on the Bet, which doesn’t often happen and because of that, I kept expecting to fall out of love, which I didn’t. Even though Bryan’s dialogue sometimes felt a bit formal and I “heard” him with an English accent, I didn’t care.

Blame It on the Bet made me happy. I loved every moment of reading it. And, yes, this is the sound of me gushing because I never expected it.

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Claire Mc Partlin
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I haven't noticed this author before, but came across the second book in this series whilst browsing, so thought I'd better read the first one beforehand so I got the story straight, and I was glad I did as I think it will definitely set the scene for (hopefully) the rest of the series.

I really enjoyed the whole story about the four sisters, known as the Whiskey Sisters, Hennessy, Jameson, Walker and Bailey (see a trend here?!), trying to keep control of their recently deceased
India Caedmon
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Small town romances are my personal elixir! This book left me ravenous for more! Lauren, maybe the next one you could add, I dunno, another 600k words to the end? Yespleasethankyou.

Look at this cover. I mean, look at it. Can it be Christmas already? And let me just say that nothing gets me more excited than a workaholic alpha male who just. won’t. stop. Gimme gimme, am I right? *eyebrow waggle*

Let’s begin.

We are first introduced to Hennessy. She has just found out that her father borrowed
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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Dealing with her father’s death was hard enough, now Hennessy is being called back home to deal with paperwork, debts, puzzles and the real threat of a developer’s eye on their family’s pub. So not gonna happen, not if she had anything to say about it. Truth is their father had a lot of debts, loans on the bar and they were coming due fast. He might be sin in a bottle, but Bryan was not getting what her family had worked so hard for with the swipe of a pen on a
Elizabeth Neal
As if losing their father wasn't enough, the four O'Halloran sisters, Hennessy, Walker, Jameson, and Bailey, are facing foreclosure on their dad's pub. Oh come on, they're Irish and you read their names...of course there's a pub involved. LOL To ensure his girls had the education they desired, and his legacy to them, the pub, remained profitable, their dad took out a loan, and it's Unfortunately, the ladies didn't know about it and Henny's three sisters ask her to come home and help ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited about this one since I fell in love with Lauren’s writing when I read my first book of her Solo.

Solo packed a punch and I am so happy that Blame it on the bet is as amazing! Lauren is a fantastic storyteller and I just love the characters she creates. Here we get to know Hennessy and her 3 sisters as they are coping and trying to move on after their father’s death.

I really enjoyed the premise of it being set in a small town, it made it all so much more personal and focused
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My actual rating for the book is 3.5/5 .

Hennessy Very Special O'Halloran, is a reputed Public Defender at Minnesota. The story begins after her Dad's death. Her parents are a interesting lot who name their 4 daughters after the Whiskey brand names.The pub ran by their parents faces a threat of foreclosure due to defaulted loan payment. Bryan Truitt, a Real estate developer, shows interest in buying the property at 25% above the market rate. He wants to raze down the property and build a
Jess Lawson
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blame it on the bet by L.E. Rico is the first book in Whisky Sister's series. The series is about four sisters named after Whisky brands. The series takes place in Mayhem where they own a pub. Hennessey is the star of Blame it on the Bet. She is trying to keep the pub from the hands of Bryan Truitt.

Hennessey is an attorney who gets called home for a family emergency to do with the family Pub. She no longer wants to be an attorney so this is just what the doctor ordered. Until she realizes that
Tanya Yost
Blame it on the bet is a great contemporary romance set in Mayhem, Minnesota! This novel takes a little bit to get into but it is definitely worth reading. The whiskey sisters are trying to save their bar from a investor named Bryan. Hennessy (a type of whiskey) is a lawyer that came back to her home town when her father passed away, when the girls went through her dad's files she found out that her father was on the verge of foreclosure.
So when Bryan comes to Mayhem to investigate why the
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to for the ARC of this book.
I loved this book! The story is so heartfelt and the town is unique and has all the charms of a small town. The Whiskey Sisters and the names of the girls was so clever, loved it! We all need a Helen in our lives, she is a force and just perfect for this book. All of the events that take place at the pub are so clever and incorporates the townspeople into this story, it just adds another layer of fun, quirky characters to the mix. Father Romance
Michele Gay
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blame it on the Bet is the first book I’ve read written by Author L.E. Rico, it is a very clean and wholesome romance. We meet all the sisters in this first book in the series, Hennessey V.S., Jameson, Johnnie Walker Black and Bailey Irish are the Whiskey Sister’s their parents owned an operated O’Hallorans Pub and now the four sisters find out that they are about to lose the Pub in Foreclosure back to the bank. Bryan Truitt wants to buy the Pub to for a company who wants to tear it down and ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic read! This story will put you through the feels - love, grief, sisterly bonding, self healing, determination. I first have to say that I loved how the sisters were named, unique and a little contrary for girls/ladies. I so wish we could have met their parents but this story begins where their father passed away. The sisterly bind grew and strengthened. Such a beautiful and funny part to the story. The connection between Hennessey and Bryan was sweet and magnetic. He had some ...more
Nicole Smith
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wasn't a big fan of Bryan in the beginning. His personality was a little off putting, but the longer he is in Mayhem the better we get to know him. He won me over especially when he interacts with Hennessy's nephew. I really liked the O'Halloran girls. They have such a sense of family and it's importance. They're trying their hardest to hold onto their fathers pub. Can I say it was heartbreaking to watch not knowing if they could keep it. I did love the twist in this one. I really like the ...more
the town of mayhem, minnesota is the perfect backdrop to blame it on the bet. hennessey o'halloran has come back into town to lay her father to rest, only to discover that the bar that their father built, the bar that formed the cornerstone of her and her sisters' childhood is in the red and has a buyer. the saving grace is that the contract hasn't been signed, but the sisters only have 60 days to pay off the mounds of debt that the bar owes.

when bryan truitt comes into town to figure out what
Denise Van plew
I so like to dive into one that promises lots of fun and good lovin such as this one did. What could be more fun when you see cats in sweaters with only being the beginning. You also meet Hennessy and Bryan who will butt heads right away but the fun is why and how it proceeds. Another fun element is the trouble that will come from stubbornness and a bet hence title. There are also other characters such as her sisters that add to the richness of the story. You have such delight see how love will ...more
Emma bramley
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first book in this series by this author. This story will suck you in from the first page and keep you hooked till the very last page. This book can be read as a stand alone read. Amazing characters you will fall in love with as you read. This author has a fab writing style which is very smooth, which makes reading this story very effortless. I can't wait to read more from this author n the future.
Highly recommended
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book
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Librarian Note: Also writes under the name Lauren E. Rico.

L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact, she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And

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